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ūmi, Mother Nature and a Small Living Space Could Equal $70,000

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Design an ultra-low-footprint apartment in 420 square feet.

Your reward for completing the mission more successfully than anyone else: Up to $70,000 in cash, products and contracts for the best ideas.

The LifeEdited contest was created by TreeHugger.com Founder Graham Hill when he decided he would renovate an apartment in New York City in 2011. It’s not just any renovation though. Hill believes we all need to live in less space and have fewer possessions, thereby saving money, reducing environmental impact and living simpler lives. Thus, the need for a 420sf apartment with an ultra-low footprint.  And not only has he put out the challenge to the world, he’s backing it up with just rewards for the winning entrant.

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So you bought a new high-definition TV…….NOW WHAT? Part 2

Monica Vila, founder of The Online Mom, talked about the evolution of video calling in Part 1. She emphasized the importance of Cisco ūmi to connect with family and friends and was waiting for the arrival of ūmi for the holidays!

Monica is all set-up and is excited to share her very first video message recorded using ūmi from the comfort of her own living room.

Check out why Monica is excited to have ūmi in her life!

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$50 Visa Gift Card Question of the Week: How Would You Personalize Your ūmi Video Message?

Everyone has their own way of customizing their answering machine. Remember the episode of Seinfeld where George Costanza revealed his personalized answering machine to the world?

With Cisco ūmi, you can be even more creative than ever before and customize your own video message. You can have fun recording personalized outgoing messages and share them on Facebook, YouTube or via email. You can also assign your friends and family custom ringtones. Plus, if you’re on the “go,” video messages can be checked from your laptop!

If someone doesn’t pick up using Cisco ūmi, leave them a message…a video message!

Congratulations to Cisco ūmi 50 for 50 WINNER from last week- Jacqueline Griffin! We will be contacting you via email to give you your gift card!

Here’s the $50 Visa Gift card question of the week. Please comment with your name, email and in 50 words or less. Sweepstakes for this period starts from today until next Sunday, December 5 2010 at 11:59PM PST. We will announce the winner next Monday, at 9:00AM PST with the next opportunity to win a $50 Visa Gift Card. For official rules, please click here.

Tell us in 50-words or less, what would your personalized ūmi video message say?

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Cisco ūmi: What are you thankful for?

Fall is in full swing, and the year is winding down.  You can just feel it.  The first snow flurries are beginning to cover the leaf piles in the Northeast.  The Chicago winds are whipping off Lake Michigan, sending chills down the spines of Bears Fans.  And out here in the Bay Area, well, summer is setting in up North in San Francisco.  I still can’t get over how that seems to happen every year…75 degrees in November!

And while much of the country might be winding down for winter, things are just starting to heat up for Cisco ūmi and the great team we have over here.  It’s been a little over a month since the launch and we have so much to be thankful for this year.  Cisco ūmi systems are shipping to customers who pre-ordered them, and they are now available at Magnolia locations through Best Buy.

Tomorrow is the first Thanksgiving that families and friends from coast-to-coast will be able to sit down– together –and give a live holiday toast for that most famous of meals with ūmi.

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How Do You ūmi?

This is a story from Mike Ritch, one of our Cisco ūmi users!

All of our families experienced working with the ūmi.  We are grandparents and have children and grandchildren who live a distance from us – Spokane, WA, San Diego, CA, and Silver Spring, MD.  Because of this, we are not able to travel to visit them very often.  Through the magic of umi, we have been able to “visit” on a weekly basis and have been able to solidify the bond with our children and grandchildren, and them to us.  One of the grandchildren told me recently that “in the past, we hardly ever saw you, but now we can see you all the time”.  The HD video makes it so vivid, like they really in the same room with you.

Some of the things we have been able to do is play charades with each other, watch the younger grandchildren practice their new “dance moves”, have funny face contests, listen to mini recitals of children as they played their instrument, share in the excitement of displaying new clothes, watch an enthusiastic explanation from a 10 yr. old of what she had learned at school about photography, and how cameras take pictures and invert the image.

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